Sure “English” has many variants, right?  I mean, there’s US English, UK English, Australian English, New Zealand English, and so on; however, we all use the same 26 letters, right?  And with a few exceptions (£ vs $, etc…) one would think keyboards could be the same, right?  One would think that there is a single English keyboard with some minor variants.  Oh no.  Take a look at the following image (note, the labels are mislabeled.  The top one is the UK keyboard)


 I can count five differences without thinking:  

  • The @ is moved to where the ” lives on a US keyboard (and vice versa).
  • The enter key is larger
  • the \ and | key is moved next to the Z and left shift key.
  • The left shift key is smaller
  • There’s a goofy double intertwined S where the ~ key was

The differences aren’t just in adding the Euro symbol, etc…  There’s more to it.  Does anyone know why there is such a difference between US and UK keyboards?

[Update 2014-01-21 07:44:54] For more information (and differences) check out the Wikipedia entry for US and UK keyboards

Image from silvertd via flickr

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